BOURNEMOUTH'S Geva Mentor described as "very humbling" receiving a CBE for her distinguished contribution to international netball.

Mentor, who presented Princess Charlotte with a netball, was honoured by the Duke of Cambridge at an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

She said: “This is very humbling, but one thing I remember is it’s not just about me or for me, it’s symbolising where netball is at and hopefully there’s many more of these wonderful awards to follow.

"I guess my contribution has been over almost two decades now and I realise the position I’m in to be able to inspire and engage with people out there. Not just the fans but people across the world and get them into, not just netball, but sport to keep healthy and socialise.”

The award caps off another great year for the Commonwealth Games winner after being a key part of the squad that secured bronze at the World Cup in Liverpool, starting all 10 games.

The former Team Bath and Surrey Storm player has enjoyed a stellar international career since making her debut for the in 2000 as a 16-year-old.

Mentor has since amassed 146 caps for her country and has become a stalwart in defence due to her admirable athleticism and coveted knowledge of the game.

She has played in four Netball World Cups and four Commonwealth Games, winning gold for the first time in 2018 after beating Australia in a momentous final on the Gold Coast.